Date
20 September 2017
The lack of AIDS education and a more open attitude towards sex have contributed to the rise in the number of AIDS cases. Photo: Chinanews.com
The lack of AIDS education and a more open attitude towards sex have contributed to the rise in the number of AIDS cases. Photo: Chinanews.com

Teenage AIDS cases rising 40% annually in Guangzhou: study

The number of teenage AIDS cases in Guangzhou is growing at a frightening rate of 46.37 percent per year, with the number of confirmed cases among students reaching 231 at the end of 2014, according to a study by the Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last year, the number of student AIDS patients accounted for 3.91 percent of all AIDS cases in Guangzhou, up from 0.74 percent in 2002, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Of the 231 cases, 74 were from university students while 36 came from secondary and vocational schools. Four of the schools had over 10 cases each.

The study revealed that most of the AIDS cases were contracted via sexual activity with 74.76 percent resulting from sex between men (MSM).

The study said the lack of AIDS education and preventive measures as well as a more open attitude towards sex have contributed to the rise in the number of AIDS cases.

The percentage of teenagers with sexual experience has also jumped from 6.48 percent in 2011 to 16.35 percent last year, while 1.21 percent of the respondents said they have had sex for money.

It is estimated that more than 5,000 teenage students in Guangzhou have engaged in MSM activities, with less than 30 percent of them undergoing regular HIV tests and thus increasing the risk of HIV infections.

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